When Samantha White completed business school, she decided to stop relaxing her hair and travel the world with braids. Her hair flourished, and she loved the feel of her natural curls. When she returned, Samantha decided to continue to rocker her hair naturally.
My hair is… natural and beautiful just the way it is. As my hair has continued to grow I have had numerous people comment that ‘my hair is a good length but it would be nicer if I braid it, weave it or relax it. But, after years of struggling with my hair, I have learned to accept and love my hair for what it is on any given day.
I started my hair journey… in 2003, although, it remained a struggle to learn to manage it for years to come.
The secret to having healthy hair is… overall optimal health. My hair has broken drastically twice in my life, first when I was in business school when I experienced breakage along the sides of my head. The second time was while working in my previous corporate role before starting my business Anansi handbags. Although, I have spent thousands on my hair over time, I now recognize that the key to healthy hair is a healthy optimal body. When I am content my hair reflects my state and prolonged bouts of stress has an immense impact which is not masked by topical creams, oils or vitamins.
My biggest hair challenge is… not putting my hands in my hair…I love the feel of my curls and do tend to play with it regularly so my challenge is to keep my hands out of my hair
My current hair regimen includes… Anita Grant’s Rhassoul Clay Treatment once a month, Curl Junkie Curl Rehab deep conditioner every two weeks and a follow-up co-wash with varying conditioners. I try to rinse my hair with water most days and seal with a homemade water and shea butter mixture.
My favorite hair products… include natural ingredients. I think my hair responds best to all-natural products so I use a combination of my own home made products as well as mainstream brands.
I love my hair because… it has grown and evolved with me. It reflects the journey of my life and when I look back at previous photos I always smile as my hair has grown along with me. My hair is like a good song even when I hear or see pictures years later. I smile and fondly reminisce about the events of the past.
My hair crush is… UK Natural Hair Blogger Laila of Fusion of Cultures. London can be damp so protective styling is key and she has some great styles and inspiration … I have tried so many of her up-dos!